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Board of Directors

  • Shuna K. Hayward, Chairperson
    Shuna K. Hayward, Chairperson

    Shuna has been active in the youth development and after school community in Detroit since locating from California in 1998. Shuna currently works for Connect Detroit as the Vice President of Programs. She received her bachelor’s Degree in Human Biology with a concentration in Child Development from Stanford University and earned her Master’s in Education from Harvard University. She has worked in other youth services spaces including the Indiana Youth Institute and the Center for Leadership Development in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Medical Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts; and the Youth Development Commission in Detroit. She also serves on the board of the Michigan Afterschool Association and Wellspring. She was recognized as one of Crain's Detroit 2018 Notable Women in Nonprofits. She and her husband have 4 children.

  • LaToya Morgan
    LaToya Morgan

    LaToya Morgan is a nonprofit professional with an eclectic background in public policy, program evaluation, and organizational development. Currently, she is a private consultant working in the public sector with nonprofits and foundations to provide advising and technical assistance around policy and advocacy. She has worked in local and state government including time with noted former city council president Maryann Mahaffey on Detroit City Council. Her professional background includes political campaigns and professional staff at large and small nonprofit organizations.

  • Venus Randle
    Venus Randle

    Venus Randle is a senior manager in Supply Chain at DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Randle is past Chair of the North Oakland YMCA Board of Directors. She served on the Penn State University Paul Robeson Cultural Center Alumni Advisory Board. She is a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

  • Lindiwe Lester
    Lindiwe Lester

    Lindiwe is a retired non-profit senior executive; her final role was as the YMCA’s national office’s senior consultant for the southeast US and Puerto Rico. Her team served as strategic business partners to nearly 200 YMCA leadership teams in 13 states. Their consultations focused on organizational capacity building, executive coaching and onboarding, strategic planning, board governance and community collaboration. Lindiwe is currently President and Founder of Tap In Coaching and Consulting, which allows her the flexibility to balance her time with community service, enhancing family connections, traveling and writing. She holds a masters and post-masters degrees in instructional and human performance systems, and has certifications in executive coaching and behavior analytics.

  • Rhonda Greene, Executive Director
    Rhonda Greene, Executive Director

    Rhonda Greene is executive director of Heritage Works. Rhonda began dancing when she was 12 years old. Her experience includes: managing the Knight Foundation Outreach Program at The Henry Ford, the Healthy & Smart program manager for the Detroit Empowerment Zone, Underground Railroad monument activities for Detroit 300 (Detroit, MI), and production notes as well as folklife activities for National Black Arts Festival (Atlanta, GA). She has interned with the Smithsonian Office of Folklife Programs (Washington DC) and received her MFA from Brown University.


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